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Behind the label: Thu Thu

Payal Uttam


Who started it? Founded in 2010, Thu Thu is the brainchild of designer Thuy Duong Nguyen. Born in Vietnam, the 26-year-old studied fashion in Berlin, Germany, and interned as a stylist at MTV Germany before starting her own label. The catalyst for her first collection was a trip to the Vietnamese town of Sapa, where she discovered vintage fabrics made by Hmong tribeswomen.


Why we love it: made from repurposed blankets and skirts from Sapa, Thu Thu's designs feature simple silhouettes with an urban edge. Each piece of fabric, which had been hand-woven by the Hmong women over a period of several months to celebrate the birth of a child, is unique. Playing with bold prints and contrasting colours, Nguyen combines these traditional fabrics with other materials. Think all-over patterns or details on collars, sleeves and pockets. This is a label that will set you worlds apart from fast-fashion norms.


What we'd pick: Thu Thu's signature biker jacket (HK$6,750), with colourful embroidered panels and leather sleeves, and the flirty lilac tribal-print mini skirt (both right; HK$3,500). We also love the tomboy-style gilet (left; HK$5,500), which comes in a rich navy suede.


Where can you get it? Thu Thu is available at Hong Kong-based eco-friendly boutique A Boy Named Sue ( and from